How To Bake A Pumpkin

How To Bake A Pumpkin

It’s easy to forget but pumpkins aren’t just for carving and pumpkin pie. Here is how to bake a pumpkin as a side dish or to create homemade puree.


  • 4 pound pumpkin, or smaller
  • Sea salt
  • Olive, avocado, or coconut oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a baking dish or flat cookie pan with parchment paper.
  3. Wash the pumpkin and pat it dry.
  4. Cut the pumpkin in half or quarters and remove the seeds and stringy bits *You can save the seeds to roast.
  5. Sprinkle a bit of salt on the inside of the pumpkin and lay face down on the parchment paper.
  6. Poke each half or quarter a few times with a fork to vent.
  7. Coat lightly with your oil of choice, coconut if you want to sweeten it up.
  8. Bake for 45 to 60 minutes until it is easy to pierce with a fork, and the skin peels off easily.
  9. Let cool at least 5 minutes before serving. Let cool at least 20 minutes if you are going to puree your pumpkin.

Eat as a delicious side dish or puree to make pumpkin soup, whoopie cookies, or to make pumpkin pie.

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